Austrian-based dynasty that ruled much of central and parts of western Europe from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. The family's head long held the title of Holy Roman Emperor (see Holy Roman Empire). By 1914 the Hapsburg-ruled Austro-Hungarian Empire included all or part of territories that later became independent nations, such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The empire collapsed during World War I.
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It was by marriage that the Hapsburgs became so great in so short a time.
In truth, if the Hapsburgs had discerned the signs of the times, they would have taken steps to defend the Milanese at Toulon.William Pitt and the Great War|John Holland Rose
In 1867 this policy was definitely abandoned, and Hungary was called to a share in the Empire of the Hapsburgs.
We are even told that it was at one time his intention to eject the Hapsburgs, and be chosen Roman Emperor in their stead.The Holy Roman Empire|James Bryce
They must remove the abominations of the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns.Behind the Mirrors|Clinton W. Gilbert